Ongoing classes in Yoga and Tai Chi (May through August 2017)  

Tai Chi, Martial Arts, & Self Defense

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan with Sifu Genie Parker • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 6-7:30 p.m. • Wu style tai chi is a soft style martial art emphasizing balance and relaxation. All are welcome to learn this ancient art of meditation in motion. $45/month for one class/week; $70 for two classes/week. Discounts for seniors, students, and families. First class free. Call 248-229-1060; wustyleannarbor@gmail.com or wustyle-annarbor.com.

Chen Style Tai Chi with Joe Walters • Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. • Classes cover Chen style tai chi chuan basic principles. This is a unique movement art that emphasizes inner stillness and relaxation developed through disciplined whole body integration and refined awareness. It focuses on balance, relaxation, and whole body unity. $85/month. Call 761-8786; annarbortaichi@gmail.com or annarbortaichi.com.

Tai Chi for Arthritis with Jan Katz • Thursdays, 1-1:50 p.m. • Medical studies have shown that this particular program can relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of life. It can also prevent falls in older adults. This class is also a great start for beginners to improve health and wellness. $17 drop-in; $55/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.
 
SUN SHEN Basic Tai-Chi Form with Ann-Margaret Giovino and Alexis Neuhaus • Mondays, 6-7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. • Participants will learn to build a solid foundation in tai-chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 forms. Learn the sequence and details of the form as you experience the calm, effortless power which comes from relaxed focus. $17 drop-in; $55/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.

Morning Tai-Chi with Master Sang Kim • Mondays-Fridays, 7-8:30 a.m. • Participants will learn how tai-chi enables them to cultivate happiness, power, and potential, and get to know a part of themselves that was hidden and that they have been looking for all their lives. $225/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands with Sifu Joseph Wang • Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. • Pushing hands is an interactive tai-chi training, which helps participants experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way. Participants find freedom and power within themselves and interact with others without compromising the self. $21 drop-in; $70/month. Call Alexis at 845-9786; alexis@sunshen.org or sunshen.org.

Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced with Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin' Dragon School of Tai Chi • Ongoing classes • Tai Chi classes are for individuals of any age and fitness level who seek to relax and have fun with this engaging body/mind activity. Tai Chi is a peaceful, flowing, low-impact exercise, well-suited for calming and centering. Free/low fee. Call Karla at 325-4244; karla@goodenerchistudio.com or goodenerchistudio.com/classes.

Wu Style Tai Chi at Jewel Heart • Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m. • Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this "soft style" martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5. Call 994-3387; programs@jewelheart.org or jewelheart.org.

Silk-Reeling Qigong with Joel Robbins • Fridays, 9:30 a.m. • Qigong is an ancient Chinese exercise that combines posture with breath work, meditation, and easy-to-learn movements. It helps develop a healthy body-mind connection, increases natural range of motion, and circulates energy throughout the body, much like acupuncture treatment. Open to all ages and levels. $15 drop-in fee ($5 YMCA members); $75 for eight classes ($25 YMCA members). Call 734-315-0573; http://daoinnerhealth.com/inner-culture-practice/classes/

Beginning Tai Chi with Peaceful Dragon • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays • Tai Chi is a Chinese internal martial art consisting of a series of postures linked together in a continuous and fluid form. As a moving meditation, it promotes balance, coordination, concentration, and relaxation. Beginners can attend any or all classes for the same tuition. $185. Call 741-0695; info@peacefuldragonschool.com or peacefuldragonschool.com. 

Martial Arts Classes with Huron Valley Aikikai • Monday-Saturday mornings and evenings • Huron Valley Aikikai is a community of martial arts practitioners with the goal of providing an authentic, supportive, and high-quality environment for the study of Aikido. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children's Aikido. For complete information, call 761-6012; hv-aikido.com.
 
Martial Arts Advantage • Morning and evening classes daily • An extensive collection of fitness and martial arts courses, Martial Arts Advantage offers classes for young children to adults in their 60s and older. Classes include yoga, pilates, cardio kickboxing, boot camp, and specialized martial arts training. First class is free. Memberships available. Call 996-9699; themartialartsadvantage.com.
 
Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America • Evening classes offered four days per week • Aikido is a form of Japanese Budo, a way of study including both physical and mental training. The word Aikido can be loosely translated as "the way of harmony with nature or universal energy." Aikido is a way of studying harmony through physical movements. We study moving in harmony with others to eventually strike harmony with nature. Children's classes offered also. Call 662-4686; aikidoyoshokai.org.

Tai Chi with Michigan Tai Chi Association • Ongoing Classes • Tai Chi is a great overall exercise that can be practiced by people of all ages and health conditions. Tai Chi is a meditation form of exercise that promotes balance and flexibility, and it has been found to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. $50/month unlimited, $40/month for seniors. Call Sally at 591-3530; michtaichi@aol.com or taotaichi.org.
 
Classes with Asian Martial Arts Studio • Ongoing Classes • Martial arts classes include Aikido, Kung Fun, Karate, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, and Lion Dance with the goal of developing a truthful knowledge of the fundamental elements of our martial arts traditions and their roots in Asian culture. Children's classes also offered. Call 994-3620; a2amas.com.
 
Tai Chi Classes with Richard Miller of Ann Arbor Tai Chi • Ongoing Classes • Classes include Chen style tai chi chuan basic principles, a unique movement art that emphasizes inner stillness and relaxation developed through disciplined whole body integration and refined awareness, with an emphasis on balance relaxation, and whole body unity. $85/month. Call 973-0226; ribrumi@sbcglobal.net or annarbortaichi.com.
 
PKSA Karate • Ongoing Classes • This center offers martial arts training in a family-friendly atmosphere. All classes are mentored by Black Belts. Unique offerings include day camps and sparring classes. For details please visit pksaannarbor.com.

Quest Martial Arts • Ongoing Classes • Quest Martial Arts is a life skills academy that has been improving lives since 1998.  Classes for children, teenagers, and adults emphasize leadership, goal setting, conflict resolution, and communication skills in the context of martial arts. For details please visit quest-martialarts.com.

T'ai Chi and Qigong with Spiral Chi Center • Ongoing Classes • Classes are available for beginning or continuing adult students, and opportunities are provided for those seeking to practice push hands. For details please visit spiralchicenter.com.

Japanese Martial Arts Center • Ongoing Classes • This center values fitness, focus, and self-defense. Special classes are offered specifically for children, women, and beginners of all ages and genders. For details please visit japanesemartialartscenter.com.

Ann Arbor Mixed Martial Arts • Ongoing Classes • Learning a variety of martial arts has proven to be more beneficial than studying a single style. Classes include kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. For details please visit annarbormartialarts.com.

American Warriors Academy • Ongoing Classes • Being a warrior involves a courageous mind-set and a heart-driven need to stand for good. This academy encourages students of all ages to do their best as they train in self-defense, martial arts, and physical conditioning. For details please visit americanwarriorsacademy.com.

Fighting Spirit Personal Safety • Ongoing Classes • This organization offers progressive safety programs to empower women and children. Instead of traditional martial arts, Fighting Spirit teaches hands-on activities that incorporate verbalization and practical self-defense skills. For details please visit fightingspiritsafety.com.

Yoga

Yoga Flow at the Farm with Carole Caplan • Tuesdays Starting May 23, 10-11:30 a.m.; Sundays Starting May 28, 9-10:30 a.m. • Come nurture inner peace in a beautiful setting at The Farm on Jennings. Classes feature traditional Kriya hatha postures with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and philosophy. The small group setting provides personalized instruction. $15/drop-in; $60/six weeks. Call 847-822-9693; carolecaplan@livebychoice.com or livebychoice.com.

Candlelit Yoga with Peachy Fitness • Mondays, 7:15-8:15 p.m. • This class enables participants to loosen tense muscles and prepare for the week ahead. It leads students through a sequence of gentle asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Appropriate for all levels. $15/drop-in; $30/three classes. Call Zaini at 681-0477; info@peachyfitness.com or peachyfitness.com.

Eight Silken Movements for Better Health: Chinese Yoga with Bart Vermilya • June 14, 6 p.m. • Qi Gong is often referred to as Chinese Yoga. The eight silken movements (Baduanjin) are a set of gentle stretches done from a standing or sitting position. They can be modified for all ability levels. This class covers basic Qi Gong breathing and theory as well as a workout. No mats required, just wear lose clothes and a smile. Free. Call 517-592-3030; info@sacredtouch.net or sacredtouchbrooklyn.com.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Mohinder Singh (Billie Wahlen) • Tuesdays, May 2-June 6 and July 4-Aug. 29 • Kundalini Yoga consists of postures (asana) combined with special breathing (pranayama), hand and finger gestures (mudra), body locks (bhanda), chanting (mantra), and meditation. It is the supreme technology to awaken awareness and allows one's true nature to unfold. $12-16. Call 276-6520; starbillie@gmail.com or a2kundaliniyoga.com.

Gentle Yoga with Robin Lily Goldberg • Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. • Gentle yoga enables everyone to experience the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of yoga by blending influences from hatha, yin, and restorative yoga. It includes poses modified for individual needs, as well as stretches and breathing exercises to incorporate balance and mindfulness into daily life. All levels of experience welcome. $20-$22. Call 274-9482; robin@aurily.com or aurily.com.

Yoga with Zen Buddhist Temple • Six Tuesdays, beginning May 30 or July 18 • Beginning and experienced students learn traditional hatha yoga postures with an emphasis on relaxation, concentration, and working with breath. Instructors were trained by the Sivananda yoga organization and combine that experience with meditation training. Early registration recommended. $60/six sessions ($12 drop-in). Call 761-6520; annarbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org or ZenBuddhistTemple.org. 

Iyengar Yoga with David Rosenberg • Mondays, 6-7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10-11:30 a.m. • Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of B. K. S. Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of well-being, reduce stress, and release tension through physical activity and meditation. The instructor emphasizes use of yoga props and individualized instruction so students of varying experience, age, flexibility, and strength can participate together. $85/7 classes. Call 646-4195; massage4@aol.com or aareced.com.

Hatha Yoga with Kashi • Mondays, 7-8:15 p.m. • This class involves quieting yoga sequences that help to de-stress and restore the body. The movements calm the nervous system and bring energies back into balance. Please bring a mat. $12. Call 883-6947; kashi@kashinivas.org or kashinivas.org.

Restorative Yoga with Kashi Walters • Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. • This class involves yoga to soothe and refresh at Kashi Nivas. Please bring a mat. $15. Call 883-6947; kashi@kashinivas.org or kashinivas.org.

Yoga Nidra with Ema Stefanova • May 27-28 • This workshop involves hands-on training in the original yoga nidra technique designed by Swami Satyananda Paramahansa. Stages 1-4 will be practiced. Suitable for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. RYT200 and RYT500 teachers are eligible for Yoga Alliance CE hours. Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

Free Yoga with Sue Salaniuk of the Yoga Space • Last Fridays, 6-7 p.m. • This class is open to anyone interested in learning how to develop stamina, strength, flexibility, and focus. No experience or preregistration necessary. Free. Call Sue at 395-6297; sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com or yogaspaceannarbor.com. 

Yoga Classes with Sue Salaniuk, Sally Rutzky, Alicia Rowe, Pam Lindberg of the Yoga Space • Daytimes and Evenings, May 1-Aug. 18 • Iyengar yoga can increase focus, reduce stress, balance strength, flexibility, and stamina. Classes for beginners, intermediate, and more advanced students with individualized instructions in all classes. $20/drop-in; $105/seven-week session. Call Sue at 395-6297; sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com or yogaspaceannarbor.com.

Inward Bound Yoga at Friends Meetinghouse • Spring and Summer Sessions, May 8-July 29 • Since 1995, Inward Bound has offered a variety of approaches to the ancient discipline of yoga. Class options include several levels of hatha yoga, prenatal and postnatal yoga, ashtanga yoga, and flow classes coordinated with music. For class descriptions and fees, see ibyoga.com.

Iyengar Yoga with Karen Ufer, David Ufer, Marlene McGrath, and Alicia Rowe of Yoga Focus • Day, Evening, and Weekend classes • All levels of classes are taught including gentle, new beginner, and prenatal. All props are provided. Instruction in Iyengar method is invigorating, safe, and enhances wellbeing. $18/drop-in ($15 in advance). Call Karen at 668-7730; info@yogafocusannarbor.com or yogafocusannarbor.com.

Open Level Yoga with Michele Bond of Yoga House • Sundays, 7:30-9 p.m.; Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. • Each student is encouraged to honor their unique abilities and limitations in this mixed-level class, with variations offered for all levels. This method blends the science of biomechanics with an openhearted, uplifting philosophy. $18/drop-in with instructor permission ($14 in advance).  Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Yoga Essentials with Michele Bond of Yoga House • Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • For those new to yoga or new to this system, this course teaches universal principles of alignment that are an invaluable aid to learning the postures, deepening understanding of the body, and developing a yoga practice that is safe, joyful, therapeutic, and fun. $18/drop-in with instructor permission ($14 in advance).  Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Yoga for Athletes and More! with Michele Bond of Yoga House • Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. • This class caters to anyone looking for an energetic practice who enjoys increasing core strength, flexibility, agility, balance, and mental focus. Includes universal alignment principles to open the door for peak performance in sports and other areas of life. $18/drop-in with instructor permission ($14 in advance).  Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Yoga Happy Hour: Basics Plus Restorative with Michele Bond of Yoga House • Fridays, 6-7 p.m. • Learn basic alignment, simple postures and breath, along with delicious restoratives. Feel stress melt away during candlelight practice in a peaceful setting surrounded by the inspiration of nature. $13/drop-in ($11 with semester registration). Call 358-8546; michele@yogahouseannarbor.com or yogahouseannarbor.com.

Compassionate Yoga with Mary Seibert • Ongoing Classes • All levels are welcome in this intimate setting for classes taught at a relaxed pace. They involve a gentle series of breath work, stretching, postures, meditation, and relaxation. The focus is on meeting the body where the body is at with individualized attention and self-compassion. $15/drop-in; $80/six classes. Call 323-2520; mvsa2mvs@gmail.com or compassionateyoga.info.

Purna Yoga: Begin with the Basics with Raisha Janet Love • Ongoing Classes • The Purna tradition offers safety in a non-competitive setting where students can practice and progress toward healthier lives with more purpose and direction. $16-20. Call (989) 284-1042, askraisha@yahoo.com or purnayogaannarbor.com.

Yoga with Cats with Humane Society of Huron Valley and Tiny Lions Cat Café • Sundays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. • Practice hatha-style yoga with the furry feline masters at the new cat café. This class is designed to bring peace to the mind and body while filling hearts with joy and supporting animals in the community. Open to ages 16+. Advance registration required. $10. Call 661-3575; humaneed@hshv.org or hshv.org/yogawithcats.

Yoga Fusion with Ypsi Studio • Ongoing Classes • Options include gentle or vinyasa classes as well as those that focus on strengthening the core, holding deep poses, or integrating yoga with tai chi and Pilates. For details please visit ypsistudio.com. 

Therapeutic Yoga with Ayurvedic Healing Center • Ongoing Classes • Milford's Yoga School within the Ayurvedic Healing Center is known for yoga therapy, yoga for seniors, and classes that incorporate massage and meditation.  For details please visit ayurvedichealingcenter.com/yoga.

Yoga and Nia with A2 Yoga • Ongoing Classes • Students of all levels are welcome to try traditional hatha or vinyasa yoga styles, along with specialty classes including nia, prenatal, restorative, or onã flow yoga. Over 35 classes are offered each week, including four free/donation based classes. For details please visit a2yoga.net.

Align Divine Yoga • Ongoing Classes • This studio is dedicated to circulating dense physical matter into light spiritual awareness with breath, movement, and sound. Classes include alchemy vinyasa, heart medicine flow, yin breath, and spirit of asana. Workshops feature gong baths, tai massage, or ecstatic dance. For details please visit aligndivineyoga.com.

Holistic Yoga Meditation Classes with Ema Stefanova • Ongoing Classes • New and continuing students are welcome to experience yoga as a way of life, healing, and growth.  Learn posture sequences for strength and flexibility plus breathing and meditation techniques in a small group setting. Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

Drop-in Gentle Yoga with Erica Dutton • Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. • Iyengar Yoga for all levels, no experience necessary. Gentle enough for those with back and other body issues. Please bring a yoga mat and wear loose clothing. Preceded by optional meditation from 10:30-11 a.m. Donations welcome. Call 417-4385; eld0306@yahoo.com or enlightenedsoulcenter.com.

Slow-Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Ellen Livingston • Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. • These classes lead a slow, mindful yoga flow with breath, movement, and sacred music. New students are welcome and everyone is encouraged to find their own pace. Classes are small and take place in a unique round yurt studio heated by a woodstove on five beautiful acres. $15 drop-in; $96/eight weeks. Call 645-3217; ellen@ellenlivingston.com or ellenlivingston.com.

Intensely Gentle Yoga with Patty Hart • Ongoing classes • These classes are for those seeking a slower-paced class, those who are new to yoga, or those needing more adaptation for postures using props. Students are encouraged to develop a deeper sense of self-observation and concentration by focusing on their breathing while moving into, sustaining, and exiting poses. Call 645-7251; patty@everybodyhappy.net or everybodyhappy.net.

Yoga Classes with Christy DeBurton • Ongoing Classes • This is a small, supportive, non-competitive, friendly yoga studio teaching various yoga styles that focuses on individual attention to challenge you in a balanced, rejuvenating way. See website for rates. Call 761-8409; info@christydeburton.com or yogaroomannarbor.com.

Iyengar Yoga with Laurie Blakeney of Ann Arbor School of Yoga • Ongoing classes • Iyengar classes are safe, challenging, and transformative. Prices vary. Call 663-7612; info@annarorschoolofyoga.com or annarborschoolofyoga.com.

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga with Marlene McGrath • Ongoing Classes • These classes are designed to support the changes of a pregnant body, instill confidence in the body's abilities, and provide physical, mental, and emotional preparation for birth and mothering. Postnatal yoga is practiced with babies present. See website for times, dates, and costs. Email at marlenemamayoga@yahoo.com or Marlenemcgrathyoga.com.

Gentle Yoga with Marlene McGrath • Ongoing Classes • Expanded offerings of gentle yoga classes designed for students who want a more supported and slower-paced class. These classes feature props and modifications to promote elasticity, strength, and stability for those who may have mobility, stamina, or balance issues. Suitable for beginners or experienced students. See website for times, dates, and costs. Email at marlenemamayoga@yahoo.com or Marlenemcgrathyoga.com.

Iyengar Yoga Classes with Karen Husby-Coupland of Harmony Yoga • Ongoing classes • Small yoga studio on Ann Arbor's west side offers classes for beginners and for more experienced yoga students, as well as gentle yoga for those who prefer a supported, slower-paced approach to the practice of yoga. $18 class (discounts for multiple classes). Call 222-9088; Karen@HarmonyYogaAnnArbor.com or HarmonyYogaAnnArbor.com.

And Now Yoga: GLYTA Spring Yogananda Retreat with Golden Lotus Yoga Teachers • May 19-21 • Experience a total yoga immersion that focuses on the science of yoga as expressed by Paramahansa Yogananda, and termed by Swami Vivekananda as Raja or Kingly Yoga. This weekend is intended for those seeking meaning in life, God realization, or simply relaxation. $55 ($35 for GLYTA members). Call Justine 989-983-4107; justine@songofthemorning.org or songofthemorning.org.

Spring Karma Yoga Weekend with Song of the Morning Community • May 26-28 • The weekend schedule includes yoga, meditation, meals, seva shifts, and meditation. Other activities include cleaning, planting, and preparing the garden for the growing season. Come to give and receive. Free for those serving and staying in the dormitory. Call Erin for prices for private accommodations 989-983-4107; erin@songofthemorning.org or songofthemorning.org.

YogaFest with Song of the Morning Community • July 27-30 • This annual gathering of truth-thirsty souls takes place on the sacred grounds of Song of the Morning retreat, a sanctuary in northern Michigan. Festivities include yoga classes, Kirtan workshops, hiking, camping, swimming, art, dance, spiritual discussions, and more. Please come for a blissful and communal celebration of spirit, nature, and all things yoga! $160 ($140 by July 26). Call Brian 989-983-4107; yogafest@songofthemorning.org or yogafestmi.org.

Yogacharya Birthday Weekend with Song of the Morning Community • Aug. 31-Sept. 3 • Participate in a celebration of the eternal message of Yogacharya J. Oliver Black, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and founder of Song of the Morning Ranch. Attendees will be moved by stories shared by members who have benefited from his energy and teachings. This annual reunion includes talks, walks, meditations, and a dedication through music and song to this beloved Master. Free plus lodging. Call 989-983-4107; office@songofthemorning.org or songofthemorning.org.

Yoga Teacher Training at the Farm with Carole Caplan • Begins May 2017 • This nine-month weekend program invites yoga practitioners to deepen their experience by completing a Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification in a beautiful setting at The Farm on Jennings. Includes traditional Kriya hatha postures and techniques with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and philosophy. The small class setting provides individual attention. Call for dates and prices 847-822-9693; carolecaplan@livebychoice.com or livebychoice.com.

Holistic Yoga Teacher Training with Ema Stefanova • Flexible dates with Intensive May 7-July 4 • This unique teacher training provides intensive and self-paced instruction in group settings and one-on-one. The program enables students to teach from a place of understanding all aspects of yoga and to work with diverse populations. Participants can become certified at the RYT200 or RYT300 level. Retreats may be required. Call 665-7801; EmaStefanova@cs.com or YogaAndMeditation.com.

The Aquarian Teacher™ Level One Teacher Training Program: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan® with Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa of Kundalini Research Institute • May 20-Feb. 2018 • Participants will gain a deep understanding of the science of Kundalini yoga. They will develop skills to instruct students in Kundalini yoga kriyas and meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan. They will practice teaching, participate in early morning sadhanas, and experience the powerful transformational energy of White Tantric Yoga. This 220 hour course includes 180 hours of classroom instruction and a thorough curriculum. $3,750. Call 276-6520; starbillie@gmail.com or a2kundaliniyoga.com.